Day one of Savage murder trial, inmate accused of attack resulting in another inmate’s death

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A man behind bars for a previous murder now faces trial again on an additional criminal homicide charge.  

More than two years after a prison attack turned deadly, the defendant is now before a jury.  His attorney says the case isn’t as cut and dry as it appears on the surface.

Opening statements wrapped up this morning in the trial for Kareem Savage. Investigators charge in September of 2016, Savage was involved in a prison attack at the State Correctional Institution at Albion. 

Prosecutors say the jury will be able to unfold what happened through video evidence. Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Lightner saying in court, “Kareem Savage attacked and stomped out repeatedly, boot-to-head, a man named Anthony Wilson.” 

The video shows Wilson lying on the ground, not fighting back. The 58-year old victim died a few months later. 

While the Commonwealth is seeking a first-degree murder conviction, the defense is asking the jury to acquit; raising questions of whether or not Savage is clearly identified in the video and if Wilson died as a result of the attack, or something else.

Attorney Bruce Sandmeyer telling the jury, “When [Wilson] was released from the hospital, there was no threat to his life.” 

Sandmeyer says we’ll also hear from medical experts with varying opinions as to what caused Wilson’s death; one claiming the victim died of a morphine overdose, another attesting it was complications from pneumonia. 

But, the prosecution says the answer lies in DNA, with Wilson’s found on three different parts of the defendant’s boots. 

The jury will hear from several witnesses beginning with prison staff who witnessed the attack. 

The defense asked several witnesses about how clearly they could identify Savage both in person and in the video.

The jury is aware Savage is already serving a life sentence, but they don’t know it’s for murder.

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